FAIRFIELD Villa had to settle for a point against high-flying Feckenham, despite taking the lead in Saturday’s windswept Midland League Division Two fixture.
The 1-1 draw at The Recreation Ground was a respectable result for Keith Draper’s men, with Dan Ludlow’s 27th-minute corner going all the way into the net before Danny Murphy levelled from the spot after the restart for the fourth-placed Millers.
With the blustery conditions stunting both sides’ attempts to play enterprising football, attempts were few and far between on either goal.
But the opening goal came when a corner kick delivered with pace from Ludlow swerved into the Millers net.
The outstanding reflexes of the visitors’ Ryan Young denied Fairfield a second, while Elliot Hart matched that at the other end to deny Liam Fullerton.
The Swans’ lead came under real pressure after the restart as the visitors threw everything at their goal.
Feckenham’s reward was an equaliser, when a harsh penalty call for a handball by Joseph Heywood allowed Murphy to crash home from 12 yards.
With seconds remaining, Heywood made a stunning block on the goal-line to keep the visitors at bay and earn a point for Fairfield.
The Millers go to eighth-placed Coventry Alvis on Saturday (3pm).
Tenth-placed Villa are yet to face Jamie Burkacki’s Alvis so far this season, but hope for a better outcome than the 4-3 defeat suffered in their previous meeting at the Recreation Ground last March.
BARNT Green Spartak will be looking to bounce back after a draw and a defeat when they head to second-placed Knowle on Saturday in their Division Two fixture (2.30pm).
GJ Singh and Neil Martin’s side sit ninth after a 2-0 midweek defeat at Coventry Alvis followed a 2-2 draw at home to Lane Head.
Ryan Palmer gave Coventry a half-time lead in Wednesday night’s game at the Alvis Sports and Social Club, before Dildale Linton added a second in the closing stages to edge a closely-fought encounter.
On Saturday, Spartak conceded an 89th-minute equaliser to Lane Head at The Pavilions.
Marcus Malcolm headed Barnt Green in front after 24 minutes, only for the effort to be cancelled out 13 minutes later.
The hosts regained the lead with 25 minutes remaining when Reuel Prescod nudged the ball into the net with his shin, and it looked enough to see them through to a sixth victory of the season.
But a leveller with seconds remaining of normal time rescued a point for the league strugglers.